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IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2003)
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SavageHopHead

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.7%

09-19-2012 04:20:58 | More by SavageHopHead
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Arbitrator

California

1.93/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber body with a fluffy off-white head. Retention was a minute or two, with some streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Malty, bready, yeasty... grapefruit hops are subdued and reserved in comparison.

T: Again, malt-forward with a caramel and bread backbone. Hops are citrusy and develop the flavor further, but they are hardly the centerpiece of the taste as I would expect from an IPA. They seem to be almost an afterthought.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A malty finish with biscuit and caramel in the aftertaste.

D: I'm not impressed. It's not a drainpour, but it's a pretty weak IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 08:08:09 | More by Arbitrator
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HalfFull

California

2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A golden orange into a large wine glass I pour ye, with a half inch of off white head. Fair retention and lacing. Looks rather rich.

Orangey, buttery, sweet, bit skunky in fact on the nose. No hops in the house, how is this an IPA? This beer reminds me of Union Jack (in the bottle) but isn't as good. Is it possible the beer was just very old and the hops had broken down? Maybe, but I didn't get that impression. There were some cryptic markings but nothing I could interpret as for freshness.

Back to the smell. A rich sugary citrus oil odor emanates, not my favorite though apparently there are many fans. Similar to some Firestone offerings in that regard.

Taste follows with a buttery texture, rich and syrupy. Bitterness is cloaked on the finish as are hops on the nose by the sweetness.

Feel and Drink, yeah, OK.

This beer is like a dumb blonde to me. She's pretty and all but the reality comes hard and it comes fast. If you like the Cascade/Crystal combo with a rich buttery diacetyl flavor then I would consider this an average Pale Ale. Yet this is a strange one in the IPA world.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 06:47:46 | More by HalfFull
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark burnished orange-gold with a rocky head of meringue-fluff off-white foam. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles around the edges. Not much lacing.

Piney hop resin character on the nose, with a very unpleasant undertone of diacetyl. Yuck! Menthol and citrus are there, but the sickly sweet butterscotch character burrowing underneath just puts me off. Blech!

Taste is unfortunately rather similar. Really unpleasant caramel sweetness infiltrates what is otherwise a clean hoppy IPA bitterness. Truly, the sweet character in this is unwelcome, and hopefully unintentional. Mouthfeel is ok, light sparkling character, good for an IPA, but it doesn't have much to work with here.

Too much sweetness, and even if the hops do try to cover it, they don't succeed, and it tastes like there's something fundamentally wrong here.

Did I get a bad bottle? Is this a bad batch? Or is it just a bad beer? Well, with so many other beers to try, and much better IPAs out there, I'd be wary of even giving this one a second chance. Sorry, Rubicon IPA, you blew it in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:12:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 04-11-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-14-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Clear copper-hued beer with a huge cream-colored head. Features very good retention and a ton of lacing.

S: Aromas include light, floral hops and an uninviting vegetable smell that I hope doesn't carry through to the taste.

T: Well, sadly the vegetable notes in the smell are also in the taste. I get hoppy bitterness and also this harsh, vegetable-like taste.

M: Medium in body, with an astringent aftertaste.

O: Overall a difficult beer to finish. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if this is how it's supposed to taste, but it was pretty bad. I'd try it again one day to see if maybe the next is better, but as-is I can't recommend it.

Thanks go to Craig for this one, even though I wasn't crazy about it!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 19:46:28 | More by sommersb
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to lurpy1 for schlepping a suitcase full of beer back to the cold steppes...some of it was even for me. 22 oz. bottle dumped into a pair of pint glasses.

Pours a clear pale golden that could be mistaken for a macro on a good day. Nose cut off to spite someone's face, because it's missing. A few stray grains if I sniff like a junkie.

Rubicon IPA was billed as a good Sacramento local; I'm going to be contacting my attorney over that claim. Heavy on the whole wheat grains, spritz of lemon Pledge, but no hops were harmed in the brewing of this beer. As much bitterness as your average hefe. Easy to drink. I guess that's its strong point.

Not a bad beer, but there's just nothing here to even criticize. Bland. Blah. Dull. As inoffensive a beer as I've ever met. Might nick mediocre, but that's a big word for such a little beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:41:17 | More by maximum12
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden color, lots of carbonation, dirty head. Smelled of citrus and floral. Taste was rather astringent and bitter from beginning to end. Yep..not a fan. Tasted like it had some english malts in there too. Mouthfeel was so bitter I couldnt wait to get it down. No smoothness to this brew at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2008 01:42:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

12-15-2013 20:47:15 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -18%

11-15-2011 20:35:17 | More by projhex
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warmstorage

California

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub about two dozen times in the last four months. My 3.0 ratings across the board actually surprised me, but this really is a very average IPA, and very average brewpub beer, from a place that can do better.

The Rubicon IPA is consistent, and good, but I think it used to be MUCH better in years past.

It's mildly hoppy (for IPA), apparently British style, medium-average copper, crisp (and served way too cold), medium carbonation. Not a lot of initial aroma (again, it's served quite cold), but as it warms up, hints of floral and citrus-spice, but again, definitely not as much as in other IPAs served on the West Coast.

It starts with a full hop floral presence, but is somewhat unbalanced, and the hop start doesn't deliver and turn into much. It finishes a little raw and over malty for style, and a little bitter (perhaps with a small hint of metallic.)

In years past (late 90s, early 2000s) it was hoppier, more floral, and less harsh-bitter in the finish. I don't know if it was reformulated, but it's not the first IPA I ever fell in love with. Then again, my tastes have developed quite a bit since I first had it, so that might well have something to do with it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2005 00:44:42 | More by warmstorage
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smogfood

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18%

08-16-2013 14:45:23 | More by smogfood
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terence

California

3/5  rDev -18%

08-05-2012 23:52:25 | More by terence
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -18%

12-11-2011 21:48:51 | More by 2neardead
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aparabola

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18%

05-24-2014 03:18:45 | More by aparabola
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Hopster916

California

3/5  rDev -18%

10-23-2013 02:28:46 | More by Hopster916
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Tiffany88

California

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Rubicon restaurant on Capitol Ave. With a spinach salad.

A- Light gold brown color, with practically no head (white foam).

S- nice sweet aroma of hops with earthy tones and a slight citrus.

T- nice strong robust hops, but it didn't seem to have much of a kick to it. the bitterness seemed to overpower the beer.

M- light to slightly medium pallet, with a vague hint of carbonation.

O- an ok IPA. The way it was served on tap it really wasn't at my preferred temp (I like my IPAs really cold), but all in all it was decent at best.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 03:05:19 | More by Tiffany88
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Java Lounge in Sacramento. Pours a nice full amber-to-brown color with a thin white head. It's in a plastic cup, so i won't judge the poor head formation too harshly. Vague citrus hop odors and a hint of sweet malt on the nose. Big hoppy flavor on a sweet caramel malt base. Hops are again, this vague sort of citrus. Bitterness roars in towards the finish and sticks around for a while. Hint of something metallic like tin. Medium bodied. Bitterness is a bit overdone for my taste, but its a fine IPA, no huge complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 05:33:18 | More by aforbes10
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy orange copper. The head hits about an inch and leaves a bit of lace behind.
The smell is very floral and sweet. Not bad but one dimensional.
The taste follows suit with some herbal notes following. A little too thick for the style/ABV.
Not terrible, but nothing I'd buy or go out of my way to find again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:22:40 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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illidurit

California

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Hazy goldenrod with a light beige head that leaves some wispy film behind. Aromas of pineapple and toffee. Not especially robust. Flavor is malty and woody with zero citrus. Some hop bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor. Some herbal notes and astringency as well. Very dry on the palate. Tastes like an IPA that hasn't been stored properly.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 04:03:32 | More by illidurit
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Westsidethreat

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean hammered copper color with a refined feel to it. Only a few bubbles spawn from the bottom of the glass. Head is fairly nice, good vanilla colored creaminess.

S: Good balance of grapefruit rind, pine tar and caramel.

T: Starts mildly fruity with nips of red fruits, old orange juice and aluminum. Bitterness comes on hard and unyielding, really attacking the tongue and not allowing the other flavors to come through. Little bit of pine and pear can be perceived through the bitterness. As the bitterness subsides, alcohol becomes present in an aloof sort of way. Finishes with some red apple and lingering dirty bitterness.

M: Very prickly.

D: This is an old school IPA, very different than the new, ultra-diverse IPA’s that are hitting the market now adays. This is a drinkable beer but totally outclassed by the new age brews hitting the market.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:30:23 | More by Westsidethreat
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mithrascruor

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale, hazy copper color. Minimal slightly off-white head, with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Very mild, floral hoppy aroma.

Taste: Bitter, hoppy flavor with a bit of citrus beneath. Fairly constant through the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, not a big fan of the taste.

A tolerable IPA, but I don't particularly enjoy it. A bit too much bitterness in the absence of other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:12:50 | More by mithrascruor
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 13 Mar 2009.

Poured in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Very large, fluffy peach colored head. Light carbonation. Aromas of soap, pineapple, toffee. Starts with a buttery sweetness, hops come through as pineapple and light citrus. Some soapiness. Finish is bitter, earthy and citric. Aftertaste is a little sweeter, toffee and a lingering faint bitterness. Medium sticky body. Ethanol leaves a warming sensation.

I don't mind a little bit of soapy aroma or taste but there was a bit too much here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 14:19:41 | More by htomsirveaux
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a nice copper color. Upon opening of the bottle, the aroma was very strong grassy hops. The beer had the right amount of foam, lace and head and had the typical high hop taste of modern American IPAs. The mouthfeel left a tinge of hops that lingered on the tongue for quite some time. Overall I would say this beer is slightly above average for an IPA and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:21:51 | More by ronniebruner
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mactrail

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam on the orange amber brew. Poured in a tall glass, lots of lacing. Modestly carbonated in the mouth.

Fruity, flowery, and resiny flavors dominate over the bittering hops. Quite earthy and herbal. Medicinal aftertaste. Starts out nicer than it finishes. Rather woody and sets my teeth on edge. Pine sap and some spoiled fruit. Nice nose of pine boughs and fresh laundry. GEtting more and more bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle. Plenty of flavor for the modest alcohol content, and more richness in the body than many other more powerful IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:49:36 | More by mactrail
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-06-2013 00:52:45 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.